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v . Do not forget that War Savings Stamps are not for children only, Most of the squandering is done by the grown-ups. I " Buy War SavinSs Stamps to the tunosi or your rinanciai capacity and then increase your capacity by saving more. JOIOSON CITY, TENNESSEE, SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 1918 TIIIRTT-FOURTn TEAK AVIIOLE XO. 1759 STAMDST L ROWT BRITISH CAPTUBE PHmUERS HDHTHWEST, fiflYE French Clearing Wooded District Around Lassigny By The Associated Tress Th fighting on the Somme-Oiae battlefield still continues of a minor character compared with that of the early part of the week, when the Ger mans reinforced their line, and stop ped the eastward sweep of the allied forces. Nevertheless the British and French again have been able to gain ground on two important sectors the British a short distance west of Roye, where! they took the villages of Damery and Parvillers, and the French on the southern wins of the battlefront, were they have captured two farms in the process of clearing the hilly und wood ed district around Lassigny of the en emy. North of the Somine, between Albert and Arras, the .Germans are continu ing to fall back ana the British are keeping in close contact with them. Thus far the Germans have definitely given up the towns of Beaumont, Ham el, Serre, Buequoy and Pii'sieux-Au-Mount, and at several points have crossed the Ancre river, with the British following closely on their trail No official explanation has yet been advanced of the rctrogado movement of the Germans over this front, but it is not at all unlikely that the op erations on the Somme front and the harassing tactics the British recently have employed made the enemy de sirous of establishing himself on nevr ground eastward, with the Ancre river a barrier between mm arm nis roes. At any.trat, the Hebiiierne sailent -Ui .-vMmili: ixjerf. -fcblltoraf&l by tub retirement of the Germans, and seem ingly they now will be compelled to inane a readjustment oi vneir inie e- character twecn the Somme and Arras. The communication follows: In the week of fighting on the Pi- "During the conrso of the day minor cardy front 30,244 prisoners have fall operations have enabled us to make en into the hands of the British and progress in the wooded and hill region French armies, according to an offi- between the Matz and the Oise. We cial announcement. Of this number have captured to the northwest of the British captured 21,844. Unofficial Kibecourt.'the Attiche farm and the reports, probably compiled since the Monolithe farm, which were energeti official data was sent from the front, tally defended by, the enemy. We given the number of .prisoners in the made prisoners. Allies hands since August 8, as 34.000 "Army of the east: On August . 14th and say also that C70 captured guns thus far have been counted. The situation in Russia again is looming large. Soviet lenders have fled from Moneow, the Bolshevik cap itol, to Kronstadt, and the soviet troops now are declared to have begun the evacuation of Moscow. American troops have begun to disembark at Vladivoctok to aid the C.ecbo-Slovak army in its campaign in Siberia, and Allied force is chasing the enemy j more than a hundred miles south of Archangel on the railroad, further Al lied -troops have made'a landing south :J20 million, I In te-A States Food 01! AND west of Archangel to cut off the re- treat of the Soviets, ' while British troops have arrived at Baku, in the Caucasus on the Caspian sea, to as sist the Armenians in defending this important, seaport against the Turks, to whom it was given by the Brest Liitovsk treaty in the attempt made by the Teutonic allies to dismember Rus sia. Thus it was seen Allied forces now are operating jointly on three important sections of Russian terri tory on the north with a base in the White sea, in the east with a base in the Sea of Japan, and on the south in Trans-Caucasia. Probably realizing the seriousness of the situation as it now effects the central powers with defeats on the western front and their military po sitions in the other theatres none too secure wUh the feeling in Russia daily growing more intense against the Bolshevik and Germanic rule, and with the spectre of the more than a million Americans already in France and the more millions of them soon to be in readiness for overseas duty, important conferences are in progress at German headquarters. The Ger man and Austrian emperors and their suites and Field Marshal von Hinden burg and General Ludendorff are the main conferees. FRENCH MAKE FUltTIIER fJAIXS Paris, Aug.' 15. Further gains have been made by the French in the wood cd region between the Matz and Oise rivera,and just north of the Oise near Ripeoo.irt, according to ilie French of ficial communication Issued this even- lug. For the most part, however, thef1 Training Corps is m military operations have been of a minor there was moderate artillery activity ou the whole front.' To the west of Porocau the enemy attempted a new attack which was repulsed Remember! the men in our Army and Navy do not exneet luxuries. . ' J necessities and War Savings Stamps. A Wisconsin Airdale dog, valued at $100, killed not Ion;,' ngo $;.000 worth 0f purebred sheep Administration f A 1 (VWzv V . Drawn by Oawr Williams, Division of Pictorial Publicity. .... - I v Food savings of millions of Americans during our first year of war enabled this govern ment to send enormous food shipments abroad . for Our fighting forces and the Allied nations. Our savings in cereals out of a short crop amounted to 154,900,000 bushels; all of which was shipped to Europe. We increased our meat and fa i shipments 844,600,000 pounds. This was America's-"box from home" to our army abroad and the civilians and military forces of the .rtiiiea nations. STATUS OF A STUDENT ENLISTED IX THE STUDENT'S ARMY TRAINING (ORPS A student enlisted in the Students' se v 1 1 e u 11 " 'a ' iJlluUM ne does not receive pay, ne is classed as on inactive service but in a na tional emergency the President may call him at any time to active service He is called to active service each summer when he attends camp for six weeks and receives the pay of a private. His relation to the draft is as fol- lows: Any student so enlisted, though in the military service of the United States, is technically on inactive duty anu ",UHl ''s1 '" "e has reacneo dratt age ana upon no- from military service by the military tice by the President. Upon stating authoritiea. He would then be sub on his questionnaire that he is already ject t0 the operation of the draft. His in the military service of the United ellHKtmeut may be cancelled for other States, he will be placed automatically sufficient cauae8 such as sickness, by his local Draft Board in Class V-D, lack of fululSi otc upon reCommenda as provided by the Selective Service ' tjon of the I)residcnt 0f the college regulations. The Draft Board will not call him for induction so long as he remains a member of the Students' Army Training Corps. In order that the college student may not even appear to enjoy special 1 privileges, it is agreed, however, that when the day arrives on which ac- cording to his order number he would I have been dratted, had he not already volunteered, the fact is reported to the president of, the college, and to the Commanding Officer at the college who in turn reports it to the Adjutant General. This is the day of reckon ing for the college man. The Presi dent of the college and the Command ing Officer will then report to the Chairman of the Committee on Edu cation and Special Training of the War Department, for what form of military service the individual is in their judgment best qualified. They will recommend either that the stud ent should continue his studies to prepare for work in medicine, engi neering, chemistry, psychology, eco nomics, etc., or that he should go at once to an officers training camp to prepare for an officer's commission in the infantry, artillery, etc., or that he should be assigned to work in the ordinance, quarter-master or other Staff Corps or sent immediately to a division at one of the camps. Col. Rees, commander of the entire Stu dents' Corps, has authority to dispose his men in the way best suited to meet the emergencies of the military and national situation at the time. The presumption is that, for. the next year, the largest proportion of the student body reaching twenty-one years -will be required to supply a BOX FROM HOME ...... large part of the officvjs seeded fur the national army. l understood that ri at leasjJ our r'Jh.i mlny 'ofiMwtr-trtIT be fhiuired'as the total number of students who will graduate from all American ' colleges and universities. Eulistment in the Studenes' Army Training Corps, there fore, while it docs not hold out any promise of an officer's commission is at the present time the plainest road leading in that direction. The student who shows no ability for special service in his college and military work, will be ordered into active service as a private when his doy of reckoning conies. Enlistment is for the duration of the war. If, however, the student fails to improve his college' opportunities, he may be dismissed from college by action of the college authorities and discharged and the military officer in command at the college. Opportunity will be given for the enlisted student, who so elects, to transfer from army to navy, and vice versa, and to be assigned to active BC,.vjce in one 0f the various corps of armv unon recommendation of the President and the proper mill tary authprity. xj-Bial. uniforms includin hats, shoes and overcoats, will be furnished all members -ol the Students' Army Training Corps by the Government ' Should Congress lower the ago of liability to immediate military ser vice, men of th new ages not already enlisted may find difficulty in enter ing the service otherwise than thru the Draft Boards. In view of this possibility, all men expecting to en list at all In the Students Army Train ing Corps would do well to enter promptly. , Store the farm machinery so that the weather will not destroy even the paint on it. Tennessee farmers produced more of practically every food and feed crop this year than last. T - Are you "doing your bit" in saving food for our allies and our soldiers and pallors? In the South. 860 county agents were at work last year helping to Increase crop production.. BATTERY H'n IS HIGHLY r RAISED Maj. Roy "T, Myers Refers V tlie Or giuiizntimr as one of the Hest In France The following letter, republished from the Knoxvillc Sentiuel will be of special intrest to our reader.) on ac count of the Johnson City boys whf are members of Battery C, Rob. Lylt Carrick Weatherby, Lae Taylor am Will Lacey. Praising the members of th 11411 Field Artillery, of which Baf.ery "C" recruited in Knoxvllle id a part, Maj. Roy V. Myers, writing l'voiu "some where in France" to William Whaley of this city, shows hi elation over the wonderful advance made by the Knoxvllle boys during the pust year Major Myers in his letter say his brigade has proven so efficient that they will go to the front some wcekf ahead of schedule. He adds that his organisation of fighters is one of the best on French soil and that, although the members of Battery "C" were considered a find ( body of men last year, they are liom , ten to forty pounds heavier, with bulg ng muscles and that they look liki real gladiators. Major Myers says tbat the men , treat with indifference the ineonvem ences of the soldier's-lot, and that as a result of their fine training that any feat they may perform would be no surprise, unless to the arrogant . H"n' ' Major Myers' letter follows: . crosse, mnce twce B,nce arrJy. ing My thirs trip will put m to voil. In the big game for which I have been preparing for over thirteen moutns. Have been directing tho fire of my batallion on terrian with targets quite similar to those on the front villages .trenches, outposts, moving targets, etc The. French gun is a wontlei. I can now appreciate the trite remark of a French officer which translated, is 'A battery seen is a battery lost.' "The Fourth of July was celebrated here in France and England in a re markable way. Review was followed by a banquet attended by French no tables and officers of the American higher officers. "Our brigade goes to the front some weeks ahead of Us time duo lo the advanced stage of our training. My in structor told me my battalion was the farthest advanced of any unit that has thus far taken training in this camp. This surprised me; because the near er one approaches the ultimate goal, the fighting sector, the leS3 inclined is he to overestimate the estimate of his unite. "I have been noting with a critical eye the individual members and small (Continued on Page Three) PRESIDENT WOULD EID THE Washington, Aug. 15.-Four million American soldiers can defeat the Ger inan army ls the belief f 0enera, March, chief of staff, and present plan of the AVar Department call for more than that number under ... summer wiih some 3.20oom. f .1 I . ui utnui 1 smy a.vismns, in France by June These and other far(s . the nation's effort in the war as given to the senate military committee by General March, Secretary Baker and Provost Marshal General Crowder were revealed today by Chairman Chamberlain in presenting in tt, c ate the administration man-power bill exienu.ng the draft ages to include all men between the ages of is tn n years. President Wilson is determine bring the war to a conclusion hv centrating all forces on the western front, including Italv. Sei-n-ta,. n ker told the committee, and General March supplemented this by stating it was the purpose to end the world struggle quickly and decisively For the nation not to put forth its maximum' effort at once the chipf ni staff declared, would be but "playing uermany s game." Thirty-one American divisions or n proximately 1,300,000 men now are in France, with as many more in camps in this country as a reservoir. Sec retary Baker -said today that the ac celerated program of troop movements I overseas which has enabled General Perishing to organize his first field army of some 1,250,000 men will be continued because of the generous ac tion of the British government In nun. plying;.. shipping, j ' To carry wit the present program of eighty divisions overseas by June 30 nearly 2,000,000 men must be sent to France in the next eleven months. Mr. Baker would not be drawn into any discussion of the country's abili ty to transport men, but it is known that many more than that number could be landed in the war zone at the .present rate of shipments. General March told the committee, according to the report to the senate. that he was in favor of young men for the army and that the youths of 18 rctriKterprt ,fH , a.,. ... registered Under the new draft law wi.i i. i t.,..- i , would be in France by June 30. He estimated some 2,300,000 men qualified ' sneering work by the Ordinance for full military service would be se-' Deartment ln the development of the mart f,..r, n, r ,. . ..entire project was completed in less cuied from the new registration and , .. , .,(, , ,, .than 30 days after its inceptiou. In be outlined thn calls for thp npv coon or more as follows August 250,000, September 200,000 October 155.000, November 150,000, De cember, 150,000, January 100,000, Feb ruary 200,000, and 300,000 monthly thereafter until the end of the next year. These calls would aggregate 4,205, 000 against the estimate of 2,300,000 to be bad from the new registration, but no explanation was made of this and other discrepancies in the draft figures General Crowder has said the present reservoir ln class one will be exhausted by next October i, but Sec retary Baker made it plain today the reservoir of men now in camp in this country is sufficient to keep up the ' present troop movement overseas. I - - I easaaeaaaaa-aaaaaBaaaaeaa m (U fa S OUR PLEDGE! g ( -W. 8.JS $ W ft) To devote the columns of the g w Comet to the National ser- $ g vice by doing- everything we $ g can, m every way we can, to g m help win this: wan K ftl n. w. Lyie, rubhsher fc aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaai I QUICKLY PLAN'S FOR REI.INIX; OF HEAVY ;iXS The War Department uthorizcs the following from the Ordinance De partment: The Chief Ordinance has approved plans for the manufacture of the machine-tool equippment which the Unit ed States Government will in.jia:l In France for the relining of the heavy railroad guns in use by the American forces. The project for this relining plant is one of the largest undertaken by the Ordinance Department, and call for the expenditure of betwepn $2:'.,000, 000 and $30,000,000. In size it will lie comparable to the Kriipp V orks at Essen, Germany. The machine tools alone will cost between 1 1 2.000,000 and $15,000,000, and will consist of gun-boring lathes, engine lathe rifling machines, and grinders. Cost of (aaiit Planers A large number of these gun-boriiis lathes are designed for a 102-inch swing. To make these lathes there is under construction at one of the ma chine tool factories in this country a giant planer, the base of which is so long that the curvature of thu eanh has to be taken into consideration in building it. It is 500 feet long nearly the length of the Washington Monument or the battleship North Dakota. This planer alone is to cost $450,000 and the lathes it will help make will approximate, in the aggre gate, $6,500,000, Prior to the wpr the longest planer ever built wa3 not more than SO feet. So long a at retch" of ground will this greater ono cov er, that in order that its two en .is might be in perfect alignment, a cor rection had to be made in the design to take care of the earth's curvature. Plunt to lie Erected In France In addition to the machine tool equipment required the relining plant in France will include extensive shrinkage pits, giant 240-ton traveling cranes, an electrical generating plant of several thousand kilowatt capacity a large battery of boilers to generate I ower required n opening tne nwtory. and buildings to aclory' anQ . 1 house the entir e establishment. that period the plans have been re viewed and approved by the Chief Or dnance the project has been passed by the Clearance Committee of the War Industries Board, negotiations have been concluded with machine tool builders, and procurement orders have actually been issued for produc tion of the gun-boring lathes of vari ous types required. Important Salvage Operations The relining of big guns is one of the biggest salvage operations in the war. Several times the value of thefo big; guns, is saved by this . process. Owing to the tremendous heat gen erated by the charge when the big guns are fired, their accuracy can not be assured after a few hundred shots unless they are relined, notwiihstand- I"- T v. . , MV.n4l 11.11 til 111 Ing the fact that all other parts ex cept the lining" are practically- ts good as new'.